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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2019 08:17 AM
From: Representative Sheryl M. Delozier
To: All House members
Subject: Provides for the forfeiture and allocation of bail monies (former HB 280)
In the near future I plan to reintroduce former HB 280 from last session in order to enhance the recovery of restitution for those who are the victims of crime.

This bill provides that any money posted by the defendant as bail, which would otherwise be returnable, shall be applied first to the payment of any outstanding restitution, fees, fines or costs owed by the defendant in any criminal or delinquency case. In addition, any money posted by a third party as bail on the defendant’s behalf, which would otherwise be returnable, also will be applied to such payment, provided the prosecutor files a motion seeking deduction and the court finds no undue hardship would be inflicted upon the third party depositor.

Written notice of this requirement must be provided to the depositor (the person posting the bail money) prior to the acceptance of any deposit of bail money.

This legislation applies only to cash bail; it does not affect any other form of surety which may be posted to secure a defendant’s appearance.

Introduced as HB586